Art and ecology to collide in Water Street Studios ‘Climate Crisis’ exhibit

“Climate Crisis: Solutions” will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 20 ...


'Calvin and Hobbes' creator Bill Watterson talks comics

Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson spoke with Jenny Robb, curator ...


Chit Chat: Businesses combine love of wine, painting

Geneva Park District Executive Director Sheavoun Lambillotte took a sip of wine ...


Steel Beam Theatre’s ‘Big Meal’ an appetizing production

Five generations whiz by in “The Big Meal,” Dan LeFranc’s meaty slice-of-life play that’s now onstage at Steel Beam Theatre. Unfolding without an intermission in just 90 minutes, the play presents quite a mouthful for theatergoers to digest, but bite after bite adds up to a hearty feast.


Riverside Pizza and Pub to host Vino van Gogh painting party

ST. CHARLES – Riverside Pizza and Pub in downtown St. Charles will host a painting night Wednesday, Feb. 25.


Chit Chat: Batavia resident Laura Cianci pens first book

BATAVIA – The storyline of “Silent Witnesses” – Batavia resident Laura Cianci’s first book – revolves around former FBI agent Alex Hayden, who – while in a town in central China – uncovers a research facility conducting experiments outlawed the world over and now has to find a way to get the evidence out of the country.


Fine Line to present two national mixed-media exhibitions

Fine Line Creative Arts Center presents two upcoming national juried mixed media ...


"Dancing with the Stars" cast member Tony Dovolani coming to Batavia

BATAVIA – Professional ballroom dancer Tony Dovolani is a familiar face to fans of the television show "Dancing With The Stars."


Charlestowne 18 part of 'Predict the Oscars' contest

ST. CHARLES – The Charlestowne 18 Theatre will be part of Classic Cinemas' ...


Writers group, Vero Voce to present 'Page to Stage' performances

The St. Charles Writers Group and Vero Voce Theatre are uniting for a theatrical event titled "Page to Stage."


'Mr. Turner': Timothy Spall paints a masterpiece

Timothy Spall grunts, groans, spits and sputters ...


At 87, 'Big Eyes' artist Margaret Keane finally gets her Hollywood break

NAPA, Calif. – Margaret Keane still feels guilty.


Grammy Award winner LeAnn Rimes coming to St. Charles

Grammy Award winner LeAnn Rimes is in the holiday spirit these days.


High-flying ‘Mary Poppins’ opens at Paramount

The Paramount Theatre’s high-flying production of “Mary Poppins” is the perfect way to usher in the holiday season with your family.


Chit Chat: Writing the ‘Great American Novel’

Marte Freke Smiewec started writing her novel “The Woodsman” in 2009, but never got around to finishing it.


Local Authors Night to launch holiday season at historical society

Authors of four recent books on various aspects of Aurora history will autograph ...


'National Gallery': An eye on art from the inside

The documentary "National Gallery" opens silently, with a parade ...


Chit Chat: Author writes about St. Charles in new book

In her second book, “Haunted Nights at Drumheller Castle – Ethereal Quandary: A St. Charles Tale,”...


Heritage Prairie Farm to host annual Artisan Craft and Food Fair

The sixth annual Artisan Craft and Food Fair will be held Saturday, Nov. 15, and Sunday, Nov. 16...


Chit Chat: Elgin native wins Emmy for work on ‘Shark Tank’

Elgin native Heather M. Dreiling’s work is seen by millions of television viewers a week.


Fine Line to stage Uncommon Threads fashion show

Uncommon Threads, Fine Line Creative Arts Center’s 28th annual fashion show...


On-som' bel event showcases unique art for a good cause

BATAVIA – The multicolored wig Lauren Schmidt wore on Saturday added about three feet to her five-foot, six-inch frame, but surprisingly it did not weigh her down.


Liberating literature: Banned Books Week celebrates freedom to read

Since 1982, Banned Books Week, which runs through Saturday, Sept. 27, has reminded ...


Art, fashion join in Water Street Studios’ fundraiser

Those who attend Water Street Studios’ third annual on-som’ bel fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 27, will see how fashion and art interact.


Top 10 most challenged books of 2013

The following are the 10 most challenged titles of 2013 and the reasons they were challenged, according to bannedbooksweek.org:

Marmion Academy educator weighs in on Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week reminds Americans about their freedom to read, and – every year – educators, librarians, book sellers, writers and readers come together to celebrate that freedom. Banned Books Week, celebrating its 32nd year, runs from Sept. 21 through Saturday, Sept. 27.

Art, music in the spotlight at Art in Your Eye

BATAVIA - The first thing one might notice in looking at one of Pamela Hamilton's portraits is the intensity of her subject's eyes.


Planit 5: Things to do in and around Kane County

1. Casey's Safe Haven 'Down on the Farm' fundraiser


National Geographic’s ‘Pond Stars’ reality series features local hosts

National Geographic’s WILD is bringing nature back with its new series “Pond Stars,” a show that plucked its title characters right out of Kane County.


Music, storytelling still keep crowds coming to annual folk fest

GENEVA – Though Sunday started out cloudy and drizzly, it did not stop die-hard folk fans from coming to the second day of the Fox Valley Folk Music and Storytelling Festival at Island Park in Geneva.


Chit Chat: Batavia author pens successful action tales

The true life story of hijackers who robbed a busload of tourists in Guatemala provided the inspiration for Batavia resident W. Ward Neuman’s first venture into writing a novel.


Fine Line celebrates 35 years with dinner, concert

ST. CHARLES – Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles will celebrate its 35-year anniversary with two events in one day.


Author to host book-signing event at Barnes & Noble

GENEVA – Author Jacqueline Camacho-Ruiz will host a book-signing event Saturday, Aug. 23, at Barnes & Noble in Geneva.


Donny and Marie to take Paramount stage

Brother and sister duo Donny and Marie Osmond have been entertaining crowds for 50 years.


‘Collateral Damage’ exhibit coming to ECC

ELGIN – An exhibition featuring the work of award-winning documentary photographers will be on display from Friday, Aug. 15, through Thursday, Sept. 25, at Elgin Community College.